By Bob Andelman
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NBC’s freshman comedy sensation “Community” is ending its first season on a high note: Entertainment Weekly made the show’s season finale tonight Number 1 on its Top Ten “Must List” of things to do this week. And it singled out co-stars Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs for the developments in their characters.
So how lucky am I to welcome Gillian to Mr. Media today?
Pretty damn lucky.
You can LISTEN to this interview with actress GILLIAN JACOBS, star of NBC’s COMMUNITY, by clicking the audio player above!
Gillian’s character, “Britta,” has grown as “Community” itself blossomed this season. When the show debuted, she seemed destined to be a one-noter whose sole purpose seemed to be swatting down blatant advances by McHale’s womanizing character Jeff. But as the weeks went on, the writers found better, smarter ways of putting her to work, expanding Britta into as fully formed a person as everyone around her-including the more evolved Jeff.
Regular listeners know I’m a fan of “Community,” which is why Gillian is the fifth star of the show invited to join me on Mr. Media.
GILLIAN JACOBS AUDIO EXCERPT: “You start with this kind sensible person in the pilot. As the season goes on, you find her shortcomings, her flaws, her quirks. She gets told she is humorless. She’s no longer the moral authority on the show. Donald’s character, Troy, has this line, ‘I want to believe you, Britta, but you’re not quite right, are you?’”
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).